Gossip Column: Fekir, Zola, Golovin, Wilshere, Varela, and Lozano

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Football Gossip Column
Tuesday 19th June 2018

Nabil Fekir, 24, may yet join Liverpool after the Lyon midfielder’s agent claimed the deal hasn’t died. It isn’t pining for the fjords, it is not demised and nor is it deceased. Not yet; it’s just stunned…
Daily Express

Maurizio Sarri and Gianfranco Zola are expected to be named as new Chelsea guv’nors. That’s if the board make Antonio Conte an offer he can’t refuse.
Daily Mail

If that happens, Russia midfielder Alexsandr Golovin, 22, will top Sarri’s wishlist with Chelsea ready to stand toe-to-toe with Juventus over the CSKA Moscow starlet.
Evening Standard

Although the club’s hierarchy needs to pull their collective fingers out because managerial uncertainty is hampering their transfer business with Bayern Munich forward, Robert Lewandowski, 29, and Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 26, refusing to put pen to paper until they know what’s going on.
The Times

AC Milan, Crystal Palace, Sampdoria, Southampton, West Ham and Wolves are a motley crew and they want soon-to-be-former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, to join them.
Daily Mirror

West Ham have won one transfer battle already: Toulouse defender Issa Diop, 21, will join in a five-year deal.
Daily Star

Sporting Clube winger Gelson Martins, 23, is an Everton transfer target and the Toffees also want Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. Nothing wrong with high hopes, so long as you don’t rely on them…
Daily Telegraph

Everton director of football Marcel Brands can now sign players from former club PSV Eindhoven which is handy for Hirving Lozano, 22, who is the World Cup’s star after a stonking performance against Germany.
Liverpool Echo

Manchester City are crawling through the transfer desert and think there’s an oasis ahead. The question is whether the £46.5m deal with Napoli for Jorginho, 26, is the real thing or is it a mirage?
Sky Sports

Feyenoord want £20m for Nicolai Jorgensen, 27, which might prove a problem for Newcastle United who didn’t want to pay £13m for him last summer.
Newcastle Chronicle

Sevilla think their quota of non-scoring perma-crocked strikers is low, they aren’t deterred by the £15m Liverpool want for the former England international Daniel Sturridge, 28. Fenerbahce are also watching the situation.
Daily Telegraph

Watford want a new goalkeeper and think Bruno Varela, 23, is the man. Has anyone told Benfica?
Watford Observer